Hancock County officials still are waiting to find out who the next county treasurer might be, but they might get the official word this week.
The race consisted of two write-in candidates — Pamela Linscott and Michael Boucher, according to Scott Adkins, administrator for Hancock County. Linscott currently serves as the county’s appointed finance coordinator, while Boucher works part-time as a corrections officer at the county jail.
Preliminary results in the race are unavailable. The Bangor Daily News did not collect unofficial results in the write-in race, and the Secretary of State’s office does not release preliminary vote totals.
Kristen Muszynski, spokeswoman for the Secretary of State’s office, said Monday that neither candidate had requested a recount and the deadline for requesting one has passed. She said the state’s official results in the race were due to be submitted to the governor’s office by 5 p.m. Monday.
Adkins said the current treasurer, Janice Eldridge, decided some time ago not to seek re-election and that the county put the word out to try to encourage people to run for the position. But no one submitted the required paperwork in time to get their names on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The lack of advance interest in the position again has raised the question for county officials of whether the position should be appointed rather than elected, according to Adkins. As it is, anyone can be elected the county’s treasurer with the only requirement being that they live in Hancock County. No financial management training or experience is required, though the county does require appointed employees who work in the county’s finance office to have adequate experience.
If the treasurer post were appointed, county commissioners could require whoever holds it to have experience in financial management, Adkins said. However, when the county held a referendum in 2005 on whether to keep it elected or to make it appointed, county residents voted in favor of the status quo by a 2-to-1 ratio.
“The public spoke pretty loudly last time,” Adkins said.